ZERO WASTE SHAVING - Sustainable(ish)


As the sun starts to peek out and temperatures seem to be (very) gradually on the rise, thoughts start to turn to long hot summer days (we can but hope), and bare legs.
And for anyone like me who loves the excuse of a winter of long trousers to be perhaps a little less than rigorous in the depilation department, there can be no escaping the fact that a little Springtime grooming might be in order...

For years, I have had a razor for shaving my legs and underarms, and didn't really give a second thought to it, other than to gasp at the cost of replacement heads.
But recently, on my very slow journey to Zero Waste, I've been re-evaluating some of the things I use everyday (or perhaps less regularly in the case of the razor...). The plastic, non recyclable razor came in for scrutiny and was found sadly lacking in the Zero Waste stakes, so I started to research some alternatives.

A spot of light Googling flagged up a review article in the Independent from last year, and at Number 2 was a razor from Edwin Jagger, a British company. I e-mailed them to find out where the razors were actually made, and the standard razors are made to their specifications outside the UK, and them assembled and finished at their factory in Sheffield. They do however have a premium razor, the Loxley, that is entirely made in the UK.
The razors come with a pack of replacement blades, and the blunt blades can be recycled with the rest of your metal recycling. Obviously be careful with how you place them in the recycling bin. One reader suggested using an empty carnation milk tin (or similar) that has been opened with a hole to pour the milk out of, and then keep that as the blade disposal tin-does that make sense?

I ordered one of the standard razors for hubby (the lucky man got a Zero Waste razor for his birthday, and he didn't even know he wanted one...!), and one of the lady's razors (they come with a longer handle, and in a range of 'suitably girly' (insert irony here) colours.

I have to admit to feeling slightly trepidatious about my first leg shave using it. And I did end up with a couple of nicks (the amount of blood from one small nick seems disproportionate...) This might however have just been the contrast between a sharp new blade and the incredibly dull one I have been using for ages on my old disposable one, because I didn't want to throw it in the bin!
Since then, I've managed a blood-less leg shave on several occasions, and have even de-haired my arm-pits without blood loss. Happy Days!

Hubby seems pleased with his too, although I think he still struggles with the Adam's Apple region (judging by the cuts...). He did comment the other day that a slightly longer handle might actually be slightly easier. I think secretly he just wants a pink one...

Shaving is not all about the razor however, there is also shaving foam and post shaving moisturising to consider.
 I have been experimenting with using good old soap in place of shaving foam, and am finding it works just as well. I've been making my own, but any good soap would do the job perfectly - do look out for palm oil free soaps though.

And to complete the Zero Waste shaving experience, I have converted to simply using coconut oil as a moisturiser on my legs afterwards.

So there you have it. Zero Waste Shaving.

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